Because situations may arise where a custody modification is needed, the law allows for child custody orders to be changed. In order for a child custody order to be changed, certain legal requirements must be shown. A Pleasanton Family Law Attorney from Tierney Law Group can assist with custody modifications.
When can a child custody order be modified?
In order for a child custody order to be modified, there must have been a substantial change in circumstances since the time the previous order was entered. Examples of changes that may qualify include:
• Relocation of a parent
• Criminal charges against a parent
• Issues with stability
• Changes in work schedules
• Changes in the children’s wishes
• Issues with co-parenting and communication
An attorney can discuss your case with you and help identify changes in your situation that may qualify.
If a substantial change in circumstances can be shown, the child custody order will only be modified if the modification is in the children’s best interest.
What does a court consider in determining the children’s best interest?What does a court consider in determining the children’s best interest?
A court will consider a variety of relevant factors when it determines whether the requested modification is in the children’s best interest. This may include:
• The parent’s wishes
• The wishes of the children
• The need to promote stability and continuity
• Character of the persons involved
• The relationship of the children with each parent
• Any adjustments the children may experience
• Issues of domestic violence
• Any other relevant fact
If you are considering a child custody modification, then contact Tierney Law Group to speak with an experienced Pleasanton Family Law Attorney. We can provide advice as to whether modification is an option and can provide legal representation.